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Considering slowing population growth

The BBC has a story up today about how China’s population will peak in 2029 at 1.44 billion. This is part of a wider trend that will impact strategies for mission. Between 1900 and 2000 the world saw enormous population … Continue reading

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Invite the church

I’m not saying it’s bad or wrong to invite people to church. But what would it take to say we are not going to invite people to church–we are going to invite the church to people? To be the expression … Continue reading

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Too high a cost to reach the unreached

If our strategy for reaching the peoples of the world moves too fast, goes for shallow-instead-of-depth, and cannot scale to reach the individual people within those people groups, the cost of the strategy is too high. I believe “reaching the peoples” … Continue reading

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The Big 5

Usually, at the end of each year, I take the last two weeks of the year as a combination of holiday and sabbatical/reflective time. I’m back in the office now. Usually I start the year with a review of the … Continue reading

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Great video on reached, unreached, frontier peoples stats

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Balance

There are many fruitful Christians; they need continued shepherding. There are many people who call themselves Christians, but have no fruit or obedience; they need discipling. There are many people who once thought themselves Christians, but have since abandoned their faith; … Continue reading

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Dangerous

Ok: I don’t know of anything. Ok: I have been doing a lot of research and I haven’t found anything. I don’t think there is anything, but I’m still looking. Better: I don’t know if anything. Do you? Do you … Continue reading

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Peoples definitely needing Bible translations

One question recently floating by me was the number of people groups in need of Bible translations, and especially the number of frontier people groups. This data is available on Joshua Project. For various reasons, the list isn’t absolutely perfect: … Continue reading

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It won’t be heaven if…

What right do we get to dictate what heaven is like? Even for our own convenience? God uses trials, challenges, and long-term efforts to sharpen us now, like runners learning to run longer and longer marathons. Why not in heaven? … Continue reading

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Release the tongues

At the recent Ethne 2019 conference, one of the things I enjoyed–I always enjoy–is worship and prayer in multiple languages. For some of the worship songs, we seek various verses in different languages. For some, we take one verse, and … Continue reading

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